The requirements for entering Switzerland differ depending on the purpose of stay (e.g. tourism, visit, employment, family reunification or studies) and length of stay (short or long).
If you are intending to come to Switzerland, the State Secretariat for Migration recommends that you check the entry requirements before travelling. Please refer to the information on the following pages:
Information for Entry
- The entry into Switzerland or a country within the Schengen area
Short-term stays – entry requirements for Switzerland
(90 days in any 180 days period)
- Calculation of short stay / short-stay calculator
- Visa obligation
www.swiss-visa.ch – The online visa portal
(How and where to apply for a visa)
(stays of more than 90 days)
Additional information on the subject of stays and/or entry requirements for Switzerland can be found on the following pages:
State Secretariat for Migration: Telephone numbers and contact forms
- General questions on entry and visa requirements
- Questions relating to a specific pending or rejected visa application
- Questions on entry bans
- General questions on issuance of work permits for employment in EU/EFTA member states
- General questions on issuance of work permits for employment in third countries
Cantonal immigration and employment market authorities
Questions relating to:
- Application for extension of a residence permit,
- Early issuance of a settlement permit (C permit)
- Application for a work permit
- Application for family reunification
Swiss diplomatic/consular missions abroad
General questions on entry and visa requirements for people wishing to live abroad
1 January 2021: end of the Brexit transition period – UK to become a third country
The United Kingdom left the European Union on 31.01.2020. As a transition period had been agreed in the withdrawal agreement between the European Union and the UK, there was no immediate impact on the entry of UK citizens and their family members into the Schengen Area. The transition period ends on 31.12.2020.
From 1 January 2021, citizens of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will be treated as third-country nationals exempt from visa requirements when entering the Schengen Area, both for short and long stays. Special rules apply to UK nationals and their family members who exercised their right to free movement before 1 January 2021 and who hold a residence permit as a result. There is no change to the conditions under which these people can enter Switzerland.
For more detailed information, please refer to our Brexit FAQs.
Last modification 10.06.2015